Backwards In Time©
By Felina Silver Robinson
In January of 1863 Abraham Lincoln set forth to end slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation
Freedom came in December of 1865 when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified
But freedom would never truly be known to those trapped in darker skin
Slavery may have ended but racism took it’s place
Today a student of color was threatened with lynching in a local high school
Are there truly ears that will listen to the cries of those violated
Who will punish the bad
Who will protect the innocent
Will racism ever end?
Why must we go backwards in time?
So many years have passed
So many tears shed
Lives lost without reason
All for a momentary rush of imaginary power
No regret for sinful acts
Can we move forward before it’s too late?
Let our future be different than our past
Allow the next generation to live in a place where ignorance is missing
Our hearts and minds should be open and accepting to those who mean us no harm
The head that holds racism is the head that’s blind to change